Today, we’re sharing the Secretary Makeover in Cartouche Green as part of the twin bedroom refresh at Bliss Barracks!
Shortly before Thanksgiving, my Mom asked if I would help her refresh a few spaces at Bliss Barracks. She had been contemplating adding bits of blue and white to the home’s traditional color palette of reds, greens, plaids and creams for MONTHS before finally being able to commit to a sold game game.
I told her to finish one room and if she didn’t like it, we would go back to using the old color palette.
But the minute we finished the blue and white guest bedroom refresh, I knew she would be able to stay on track because she loved the change immediately.
I know a lot of us can relate to how long the decorating process and creating a home we love can take. Especially, when you’re changing your entire color palette from a dark one to a light one.
Bliss Barracks has always been a very, very traditional home. And truth be told, I think my Mom was scared to make a decision because she didn’t want to lose the spirit of a house, they had fought to call home for so many years.
If you’ve ever been in a military family, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Shopping the House Before Buying New
I’m a big believer in shopping your house first before you buy anything new to decorate. So, while this secretary didn’t originally come from Bliss Barracks, it did come from a family member.
Bonus, it was free which made it the next best thing.
My Mom loved the curves on the secretary and how functional it would be in the space too. The only problem was that it had a creamy ivory meets butter yellow factory finish which didn’t really go with the other traditional elements in the twin bedroom at Bliss Barracks.
I knew we could make it work though. Since my Mom is a very visual person, I asked her to style just the top to see if she liked it in the bedroom.
Of course, she loved it. So, I set about painting it a color that would complement the blue and white color palette she had already chosen for the twin bedroom refresh.
Choosing the Right Paint Color
After a very coastal start, we decided to change the paint color midstream to Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Cartouche Greeen.
The first color we tried was beautiful but it looked more like a Robin’s Egg Blue than the muted green my Mom wanted.
While it took longer to finish the secretary because we layered two different paint colors on top of each other, the result was perfect!
Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been painting furniture for years or just a few months, if you know something is not working early in the process don’t be afraid to stop immediately and reassess the situation.
Most of the time a painted piece of furniture can be fixed…
- with a stain blocker
- by layering paint
- changing the paint color
- adding a special finish like glaze or dark wax
Not always, but most of the time. So, don’t be afraid to reassess when needed!
If you’re new to painting furniture, you can find more information in our Chalk Painting 101 post here.
Creating a Complementary Contrast
Once I finished the outside of the secretary makeover in Cartouche Green, I decided to leave the inside of the secretary with the original finish for a slight contrast.
Both the hutch and the top of the desk had more of a creamy ivory finish on the inside than the outside which had an original buttery yellow finish.
I knew the contrast would make the items my Mom had been collecting to style the glass shelves raelly pop.
My Mom is literally the queen of styling shelves. And as far as styling the shelves for the secretary makeover goes, I just let her do her thing.
The minute she knows she’s going to be refreshing a shelf space, my Mom starts looking for interesting and textured pieces to display.
I put all of her best tips in this post, 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch, but you can use them to decorate any shelf!
A Few of My Favorite Shelf Styling Tips:
Keep the color palette consistent
Buy items with varying heights
Style the middle shelf (or the shelf at eye level) FIRST
Remember to incorporate a bit of nature
Almost all of the accessories my Mom used to style the shelves are either things she already had on hand or pieces she’s been collecting over time at thrift stores, estate sales or from our many trips to Renningers.
We’ve had this desk chair at Bliss Barracks for so long, I can’t remember not having it. But, I’m sure it’s an estate piece as well.
Secetary Makeover in Cartouche Green
All in all, we’re excited about the way the secretary makeover in Cartouche Green came together. I swear, the power of paint gets me every time!
It’s one of the most budget friendly things you can do to update a room or a piece of furniture.
I haven’t had a chance to put together the post for the twin bedroom refresh yet, but things are definitely taking shape…
We hope this post on the secretary makeover in Cartouche Green has helped to show you how simple it can be to update a piece of furniture you already have at home.
Let us know if you’re planning to paint anything or if you’re all about embracing the dark wood trend this year!
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